Tag Archives: work period

VA Medics File Overtime Lawsuit

A group of fourteen paramedics filed a federal lawsuit last week alleging their employer, the City of Portsmouth Virginia, Fire Rescue and Emergency Services Department failed to pay them overtime as required by both the FLSA and Virginia law. According to the complaint, the medics work on a 14-day rotating schedule consisting of three 12-hour work shifts during the first ...

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San Diego Approves $3.4 Million Settlement in FLSA Lawsuit with City Firefighters

The San Diego City Council unanimously approved a $3.4 million settlement with more than 700 city firefighters this week. The settlement resolves a 2019 lawsuit, that was initially filed by only three city firefighters, alleging the city’s pay practices violated the FLSA. Over the course of the next several months hundreds of more firefighters opted into the suit. In the ...

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207(k) Firefighters, Work Periods, and the FLSA

Today’s FLSA Question: I am a city human resources manager. Our city’s firefighters work 24 hours on-duty, followed by 48 hours off-duty for an average of 56 hours per week. Currently, the city utilizes a 27-day work period for line firefighters. However, our firefighters are paid bi-weekly. Therefore, firefighters frequently do not get paid for their overtime until two or ...

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MI City Ordered by DOL to Pay More Than $50K in Unpaid OT and Penalties to Four Police and Fire Department Employees

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has ordered the City of Highland Park, Michigan to pay four current city employees $49,181 in back wages and another $1,368 in penalties following an investigation into the city’s pay policies. The investigation found violations in the way the city counted hours worked for certain city employees. Specifically, four city employees that work as ...

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AL City Resolves Underpayment of Overtime with City Firefighters

Rainbow City, AL has paid twenty-two city firefighters a total of $22,846.88 following a Department of Labor Wage and Hour investigation. The investigation looked at the way city firefighters were paid from August 2017 to August 2019. The investigation revealed the city failed to pay firefighters overtime and maintain records as required by the FLSA. Specifically, the city agreed to ...

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San Diego Firefighters File FLSA Lawsuit

Several current and former San Diego firefighters filed a federal lawsuit last week alleging the City of San Diego violated the FLSA. Eric Kelley, Patrick Hesters, and Eric Dunnick filed the suit on behalf of themselves and other similarly situated individuals in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California on April 2, 2019. The firefighters’ complaint states ...

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NY EMT Sues Village For Overtime Pay

A New York EMT is suing his employer for violations of both the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and New York wage and hour laws. Ronald Tappen, an EMT for the Lindenhurst Fire Department filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York on January 22. Tappen alleges the town failed to pay him ...

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Private Fire Departments and the FLSA

Today’s FLSA Question: I recently read that a small village outside of Chicago decided to privatize its fire service in an effort to reduce costs. In particular village leaders claimed the overtime obligations for village firefighters was too high and by privatizing fire services the village would save significant money while maintaining the same daily staffing. I would think private ...

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Collective Bargaining, Work Periods, and the FLSA

Today’s FLSA Question: I am the financial manager for a small fire protection district. I recently attended your FLSA for Fire Departments seminar. One of my biggest take-aways from the 3-day class relates to firefighter work periods. But now I have a follow-up question. Our firefighters work 24-hour shifts for an average of 56 hours per week. We process payroll ...

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